A worker hangs lanterns in a factory in Tuntou, southwest of Beijing, for Lunar New Year festivities planned for February 8. Known as the
A worker hangs lanterns in a factory in Tuntou, southwest of Beijing, for Lunar New Year festivities planned for February 8. Known as the "Spring Festival" in China, the holiday is a time when family members return home. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/
About 100 pig and dairy farmers bring part of the port of la La Rochelle in France to a standstill, with the help of about 40 tractors used to block roads. The farmers protested against the falling prices of their products. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/
About 100 pig and dairy farmers bring part of the port of la La Rochelle in France to a standstill, with the help of about 40 tractors used to block roads. The farmers protested against the falling prices of their products. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/
NEW ALLY: Pope Francis and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani exchange gifts during a meeting at the Vatican. Italy and Iran earlier signed business deals worth $18.4bn during Rouhani's visit to Italy, which is aimed at rebuilding ties with the West after sanctions imposed on Iran were formally lifted this month. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/XAVIER LEOTY
NEW ALLY: Pope Francis and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani exchange gifts during a meeting at the Vatican. Italy and Iran earlier signed business deals worth $18.4bn during Rouhani's visit to Italy, which is aimed at rebuilding ties with the West after sanctions imposed on Iran were formally lifted this month. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/XAVIER LEOTY
Two men walk in snow shoes in Central Park, New York, after a massive blizzard that hit the eastern US began to wind down. The reprieve gave snowboard residents the chance to begin digging themselves out. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT
Two men walk in snow shoes in Central Park, New York, after a massive blizzard that hit the eastern US began to wind down. The reprieve gave snowboard residents the chance to begin digging themselves out. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT

AFRICA

• Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the burial mask of King Tut have been referred to trial for “gross negligence”.

Kenyan forces withdraw from a military base in Somalia which was attacked by militant group al-Shabaab.

• Hundreds of police stage a protest outside Tunisia’s presidential palace to demand a pay increase.

• One quarter of potential voters in Niger (1.5m people) are barred from casting ballots in next month’s poll, after politicians fail to agree on a system for registering them.

• Cape Verde responds to a US travel alert, saying incidents of the Zika virus on the island are on the decline.

ABROAD

• The European Commission’s handling of bailouts for nations hit by the financial crisis has been criticised by EU auditors, who say countries were treated differently.

• The UN will broker talks aimed at finding a political solution to the war in Syria.

• A proposal that would set daily quotas for the number of refugees allowed to enter Germany is debated in the country.

Denmark’s parliament vote on a controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep.

• Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is cleared of corruption claims over a $681m donation from the Saudi royal family.

• Brazilian miner Samarco allegedly received warnings from ground sensors in 2014 and 2015, before a dam burst.

Protesters in Haiti demand that their president quit, after claims of vote rigging.

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